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Liba Kopeckovatoo crowded over Labor day weekend  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

I did Needle the day before, and Peak the following day. Very crowded over Labor day weekend. They did fix the road up to South Colony, so many people drove all the way up there. There was no parking available...
Posted Jul 10, 2009 9:06 am

PablohoneyNeedle to Peak traverse  Sucess!


One of the best areas in Colorado
Posted Mar 27, 2009 8:06 pm

SteveMarrSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003


Summited via the Red Gully Route on the south face in perfect fall conditions. Great impromptu trip.
Posted Feb 2, 2009 6:16 am

SarahThompsonIn all 4 seasons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005


7/17/05 - Climbed the (mostly dry) standard Red Gully Route from camp at South Colony Lake. My partner refused to attempt the 4th class traverse to Crestone Needle so we climbed down Crestone Peak, hiked back to Broken Hand Pass, and climbed Crestone Needle via its standard route.

5/28/06 - Climbed the (somewhat snowy) Red Gully from camp along Cottonwood Creek. My 1st time in crampons! Afterwards we did the classic traverse to Crestone Needle and added on Broken Hand Peak before calling it a day.

1/15/11 - Grueling approach up Cottonwood Creek with heavy packs. Spent two nights camped at 11,800ft. Scrambled (in crampons) up snowy rock to the right of the couloir until about 13,800 ft. Entered couloir via a slabby traverse and followed it to the top. Final summit ridge scramble was exciting. The approach and climb were an absolute butt kicker.

12/2/12 - Traversed from Crestone Needle and descended the Red Gully. Dry for December.

I will return for the NW couloir.
Posted Jan 6, 2009 6:30 pm

Bob BoltonRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Bob Bolton

Joined Dave Covill's group intending to join them for the traverse from Needle to Peak. However the party seemed a bit large and unwieldy, and the weather didn't seem solid, so I opted at Broken Hand Pass to head for my top priority, Crestone Peak's west and east summits. Sure enough the traverse didn't happen due to fog, so I was very glad I made the decision I did. Fun peak!
Posted Dec 16, 2008 12:39 am

bmcnary1Super Duper  Sucess!


Good break from work
Posted Nov 24, 2008 8:34 pm

myroneRed Gully via Upper S. Colony TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2008


Started up at 6:37AM-a beautiful morning. Route is well defined all the way; reached summit at 11:27. Lots of high clouds but the views were spectacular. Started back down at 11:39 as clouds were closing in fast. Back to the TH at 3:36PM with the last 1/2 mile featuring a heavy thunder/lightning, snow storm. My 42nd 14'er...sweet!!
Posted Sep 20, 2008 8:36 am

GahugafugaRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008


The scramble through the cliffs on Broken Hand Pass was harder than any of the scrambling on the Peak itself. I also summitted East Crestone - I think the East summit has better views than the main summit.
Posted Aug 14, 2008 1:43 pm

MountainHikerCORed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


This was my third climb of Crestone Peak. We went over Broken Hand Pass and climbed the Red Gully.

Previous climb 8-5-00 South Colony - Bears - up NW Couloir route - down Red Gully - to Broken Hand - up standard Needle route.
Posted Feb 12, 2008 9:01 pm

MountainHikerCONW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1991


This was my first climb of Crestone Peak. I went the NW Couloir route via Bears Playground. I saw lightning strike the Needle as we came back across the ridge to the Humbolt saddle to return to South Colony Lakes.
Posted Feb 12, 2008 8:56 pm

tomlaurenCrestone Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007


From camp at Cottonwood Creek, climbed the South Face of Crestone Peak, performed the traverse to Crestone Needle, then descended the Needle's South Face back to camp. The previous night I endured a torrential rainstorm with lightning striking the surrounding peaks. The hike up to the base of Crestone Peak from my camp near Cottonwood Creek was arduous. There was no trail, and hiking through the willows (which were wet from the previous night's rainstorm) left me soaked to the skin from the waist down.
Posted Feb 3, 2008 7:38 am

ClimbandMineTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Did the Red Clr to the Peak-Needle Traverse
Posted Jan 14, 2008 6:06 pm

MattGreeneTraverse  Sucess!
I started before first light so I could complete the traverse to the Needle and be off the mountain by early afternoon. Fortunately I was successful and back in camp before noon, because wicked thunderstorms rolled in and unleased rain and electricity from 12 to 2. I know of at least one climbing party that would've been in the thick of things if they'd stuck to their original schedule. I thought of them all afternoon, but still don't know if they turned around or pressed through the storm.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:14 pm

HalikuSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007


What a long day! Camped at Colony Lakes and went via Broken Hand pass. Beautiful views! The Needle will have to wait for a return visit.
Posted Oct 28, 2007 10:34 pm

spannring29Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


After some route finding difficulties in the early morning darkness, we headed up the red couloir. Still plenty of snow. Planned on the traverse to the Needle, but decided it just wasn't our day. Very fun mountain.
Posted Oct 21, 2007 12:21 pm

chicagotransplantPeak to Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007


Second time up the Peak, but this time we did the traverse to the Needle. Also tagged "East Crestone" to get the Custer County highpoint.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 10:12 am

cftbqRed Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


Standard route from S. Colony Lakes (mid) TH. A mostly cloudy day, but got some sun around noon. Also climbed E. Crestone. 14er #33. A long day, but a great peak.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 2:34 pm

NatashaRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Absolutely, incredible...I am still in awe of that peak.

Was going to attempt the NW couloir, but got a late start and wanted more time for route finding so, we decided on the standard route instead.

Loved the climbing in the Red Gully, had perfect weather, and met many interesting people en route, Reascending Broken Hand Pass wasn't as bad as I was expecting. CL Road sucked, but...we all know that. ;)
Posted Sep 10, 2007 11:56 am

matt81Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007


Went up the south gully came down the northwest couloir.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 5:51 pm

Scott RogersNice Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2006

Scott Rogers

Went up the Red after climbing the needle, then down the northwest couloir.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 10:11 pm

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